Hi! Let me introduce you to me and my projects. My name is Katura Halleday, I am 17 years old and define myself as an artist, humanitarian, and social justice advocate.

I am passionate about two things in life, art being one and the other the education of young women in developing countries. By following these passions, I have been able to fulfil my dream of uniting my community through art whilst helping to continue the education of those less fortunate.

In 2018 I started a Social Enterprise, 8×8 to Educate, donating 100% of the profits to education in Mozambique. We have now expanded to include girls from Tanzania.   I currently have three main income streams, a book written by Natasha Yates that my sister and I illustrated called Rina’s Story, an annual Art Award and professional public speaking engagements.


Our art exhibition is now in its third year and funds a scholarship program allowing girls in Mozambique and Tanzania access to an education from Primary school to the completion of University. This ensures we have women in the positions to effect change within their community.

We have also assisted in the rebuild of a school for 2000 students in Mozambique (I have been able to facilitate the donation of 105 Surface Pro computers, school supplies, building material, furniture and tools).

We are setting up some micro businesses, to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for girls.

I have been fortunate to have these activities recognised by the local and international community. I was the Leadership HQ Student Leader of the year in 2020, AMP Foundation Change Maker 2020, WIBBA Empowering Young Women 2019, the Women in Business Rising Star for 2018, International Stevie Silver Award in New York, Australian Representative at the International Forum for Volunteers in Russia, and the subject of an internationally award winning short film ‘Katura’s Story’ which I presented to the United Nations in February 2020.

While I am honoured by these awards, I am more grateful for the platform it has given me to have my voice heard, and to highlight the issues of Educational Equality.

I hope you find my story inspirational and that it ignites in you a desire to help.

honours and awards

  • The Diana Award

    Princess of Wales Humanitarian Award - 2021

  • Lions Club of Australia

    National Finalist - Youth of the Year 2021

  • Women in Business Steve Awards (USA)

    Innovative woman of the year -2020

  • United Nations New York

    Speaker and presented the Documentary "Katura's Story" 2020

  • Women in Business Awards - Gold Coast

    Empowering Young Woman of the Year Awards - 2021
    Rising Star Awards - 2019

  • Leadership Headquarters

    National Student of the Year Award - 2020

  • International Pause Awards for Entrepreneurship

    Young Blood Award 2020

  • Gold Coast Citizen of the Year Award

    Finalist 2020

  • International Gold Rule Day

    Guest Speaker 2019

  • Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year Award - Finalist

    Gold Coast City Council - Jan 2019

  • Gold Award

    Young Australian Art Awards - Nov 2018 - National Art Award

  • UN Youth

    Ambassador Program 2021
    UN Youth Conference 2019

  • Ambassadorships

    HOTA 2021
    Mission Educate 2019
    Gold Coast Mayor Student Ambassador 2020

  • 7 News

    Young Achiever of the year 2020

  • Circle Foundation of the Arts

    San Diego
    Winner 2020

  • Young Australia Art Awards

    Gold Winner 2019 and 2020

  • Young Archibald Art Prize

    Finalist 2021